Google buys VR company Owlchemy

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In case you needed more proof that Google is serious about virtual reality, here’s a bit of news for you: The Mountain View company has acquired Owlchemy, as announced by both companies on their respective blogs. 

Owlchemy has been around for six years, and in that time it launched several notable VR games, including Job Simulator (the game that HTC used for its Vive demos) and, more recently, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality which is available for HTC Vive as well as Oculus. 

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The company said in a post it will “continue building high quality VR content for platforms like the HTC Vive, Oculus Touch, and PlayStation VR.” Read more…

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Weird video of a squirting clam proves nature needs to be stopped

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Just when you think nature can’t get any weirder, you see a video a clam doggedly burying itself in the sand before squirting a jet of inky black water out of a rubbery little hole in its body.

The clip above was shared by the Weather Channel’s Facebook page on Wednesday, and it’s quickly racked up over 2.7 million views at the time of writing.

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It’s not hard to see why. The clip sits in that strange no man’s land between fascinating, sort of cute (at least at first), and ultimately just a bit gross.

For anyone with a burning urge to learn more, this Discover Magazine article does a pretty good job of explaining the razor clam’s digging habits. Read more…

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Woman does solo wedding shoot after she finds out she has terminal cancer

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When she was younger, 27-year-old Q May Chen always dreamt of what her wedding photoshoot would look like.

But she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer before she could find a partner with whom to make that dream a reality.

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Undeterred, she decided to fulfil her wish anyway — by herself.

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Image: Q MAY CHEN/FACEBOOK

Chen, who is from Taiwan, was first diagnosed with stage two breast cancer in 2013. 

She was declared cancer-free after receiving treatment, but two years later, she received bad news, that she cancer was back — and had worsened to stage four. Read more…

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Badass grandma quits job with brutally blunt notice letter

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Everyone who’s ever worked in a bad job will have dreamed of handing in a notice letter like this one.

Not many people are as brave as Marlene, though.

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On Wednesday, Kaitlyn McGrory from Glasgow, Scotland, shared a picture of what she claims is the letter her grandmother handed in when leaving her job.

Nah man my grans notice for leaving her work 😭😭 wish a was kidding on pic.twitter.com/kHJkSEsrY6

— kaitlyn (@_kaitlynmcgrory) May 10, 2017

“Yee Ha”.

Obviously we have no way of proving that Marlene’s letter isn’t just a glorious fabrication — McGrory could always have typed the thing herself for sweet, sweet internet points after all (we’ve reached out to her on Twitter and will update this article if we receive a response). Read more…

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United tries to join in with viral nugget tweet, gets savagely roasted

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It’s not a good year for United, as everyone knows, and even their genuine PR attempts to get their reputation back up are being mocked relentlessly.

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In April, Carter Wilkerson went on a mission to achieve 18 million retweets in order to get a year’s supply of Wendy’s chicken nuggets and United offered him a free flight. 

If you get the 18 million RTs, we’ll give you a free flight to take you to any @Wendys in the world in a city we serve. Good luck! https://t.co/igxnPg1JUF

— United (@united) April 8, 2017

When the teenager made history with the most retweeted tweet of all time, the airline thought it was a good idea to jump on the bandwagon and remind him of the deal: Read more…

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Psy’s new hot single reminds you that he still has the top YouTube video of all time

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Oh, Psy knows you were waiting for this. The K-pop megastar and reigning top spot holder on YouTube has just dropped two fresh music videos, to go with his new album, 4X2=8.

His 2012 song, “Gangnam Style”, still has the most views on YouTube of all time, now at 2.8 billion.

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Psy slickly alludes to this in his new song, “I Luv It,” which shows his views skyrocketing on YouTube.

And for a little more viral love, Psy features a cameo from last year’s biggest viral sensation, Piko Taro, of “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen (PPAP)” fame. Read more…

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German insurance ad slammed for its ‘cheap ripoff’ of a Maori haka

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Unfortunate that it has to be said in 2017, but please don’t appropriate other peoples’ culture.

A German insurance company, ARAG, is facing online backlash for a TV spot that features a dance imitating a traditional Maōri haka, a culturally important dance performed on significant occasions and imbued with reverence. 

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The ad features actors performing the haka, or at least a dance inspired by it, in the middle of a street, chanting in German.

ARAG said in a Facebook comment that the haka is “ideally suited to bring our messages across,” due to its “rhythm, impressive gestures and facial expressions and determination.”  Read more…

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‘The Sims’ like the one you remember is coming to iPhones and Androids

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It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for.

Gaming company EA has announced that The Sims will soon be coming to iPhone and Android devices.

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And we don’t mean The Sims like the previous ones that we got, that were really different from the original game we all loved growing up. (I’m looking at you, The Sims FreePlay, and The Sims Social.)

This one is said to be truest to the one that was released 17 years ago.

Needless to say, people are pretty psyched.

Hey @TheSims give me The Sims Mobile NOW!! It looks so amazing!! I cant believe it has multiplayer!! I’m so excited! 🎉🎉🎉

— AviatorGaming (@AviatorGaming) May 9, 2017 Read more…

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Lorde tries trivia, fails spectacularly when it comes to Russell Crowe

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If you’re ever looking for a teammate to join your pub trivia night, maybe international superstar singer Lorde could help you out.

The Kiwi singer revealed on Australian radio station triple j that she’s won a $50 bar tab *and* a free pizza in her quiz defeating conquests before. Which is better than most of our efforts.

While Lorde may not be able to drive — which is why she had to think long about where the green light on a traffic light — she’ll always be reliable on those movie soundtrack questions.

Just don’t ask her anything about her fellow New Zealander, actor Russell Crowe. She thought he was Australian! For shame, Lorde!  Read more…

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A Trump aide perfectly captured the FBI disaster by texting 2 emoji

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It looks like White House was in total chaos following the news that Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

How bad was it? Too crazy for words. 

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“When asked Tuesday night for an update on the unfolding situation, one top White House aide simply texted a reporter two fireworks emoji,” according to a juicy story from Washington Post. The piece claims the White House was totally unprepared for the fallout and had to scramble to put together a response. 

The president was “irate” as he watched coverage of the firing on TV, the Post reported. Here’s a “West Wing official” on how it went down: Read more…

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